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BI25F6: FIELD BIOLOGY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 25 Aug 2020 14:50


Course Overview

During day trips from Aberdeen, you will learn and practice a variety of techniques for sampling and identifying organisms in the field.

We will take opportunities to interact with scientists from NGOs and research institutes, who will give instruction on techniques and provide overviews on the remits and opportunities within their organisations.

Group based project work provides skills in team working, data collection, analysis and presentation.

You will develop skills in biological recording by maintaining a detailed record of the field activities in a field notebook.

By visiting and working in a variety of environments you will become familiar with common species, the ecological characteristics of local habitats and have opportunities to apply your classroom learning to the field.

 

Please note that the information provided is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 government guidelines

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr j baird

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3
  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or BSc Ecology or BSc Environmental Science

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This non-residential field course includes training in the identification of organisms (mostly animals) and the methods needed to assess their population densities as well as behaviour.

Within the course, there’s a strong emphasis on sampling and identification of freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates, small mammals as well as birds. The course also includes group work, in which students choose an area of study and carry out a semi-independent project, including the collection of data, appropriate analysis and then reporting to the other course members on their findings.

In the course of the field work, students will be helped to appreciate the ecological interactions between the organisms and their habitat, as well as general ecological features of the environment are also studied.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Estimated cost £100 per student; specific costs will include vehicle hire, fuel, field notebooks, teaching assistants, consumables, minor field equipment (e.g., kick nets, core samplers, vials, …) GBP 100.00

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Online Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 46 Feedback Weeks 48

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Feedback

Individualised written feedback; formative feedback during course

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the adaptations and ecological roles of representative species and understand the main factors influencing their distribution.
ProceduralApplyTo describe and safely execute appropriate sampling methods for certain habitats.
ProceduralUnderstandUse keys to identify and classify common species in the localities visited during the field course.

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 46 Feedback Weeks 46

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Feedback

Generic feedback to class, written feedback to group

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse and present field data
ProceduralApplyInteract with others in the execution of team-based fieldwork.

Field Trip Log

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 46 Feedback Weeks 48

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Feedback

Individualised written feedback; formative feedback during course

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse and present field data
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the adaptations and ecological roles of representative species and understand the main factors influencing their distribution.
ProceduralApplyTo describe and safely execute appropriate sampling methods for certain habitats.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the adaptations and ecological roles of representative species and understand the main factors influencing their distribution.
ProceduralUnderstandUse keys to identify and classify common species in the localities visited during the field course.
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse and present field data
ProceduralApplyTo describe and safely execute appropriate sampling methods for certain habitats.
ProceduralApplyInteract with others in the execution of team-based fieldwork.

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